Movies as “Cliff’s Notes”

When Game of Thrones released on HBO, I watched it religiously. Like millions of others, I ate up season one. Gobbled it. So tasty. I loved, and still love, the characters (#TeamSansa), the style, the plot twists. And here is where I have to admit an unpopular thing. I’d started – or tried to start…

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“The Jogger”

Exciting news! My short story “The Jogger” is now up at All Worlds Wayfarer. Many moons ago, Ray Bradbury wrote a story where he explored the idea that the looky-loos at all accidents were actually the same people every time. Well, you know how it always seems like joggers find the bodies? (As one friend…

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Creepy, Beautiful Things

By now, we’ve all seen the incredible spider web video footage and photography coming out of Australia. If you haven’t, you can look at it here and then come back. I’ll wait. Severe flooding drove millions of spiders inland. Perhaps you remember earlier this year when news footage of spiders fleeing up trees and poles…

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A Killer by Design: Murderers, Mindhunters, and My Quest to Decipher the Criminal Mind by Ann Burgess

*I received a review copy from Hachette for an honest review. For those who have read John Douglas’ Mindhunter and Robert Ressler’s Whoever Fights Monsters, you already know Ann Burgess — the psychologist behind the groundbreaking studies which drove the development of criminal profiling as a crime-fighting technique. She’s authored and co-authored several books, but…

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365 Little Stories Film #4

Great news! Taylor Geiman and his team at Fantomvagn Films have released the fourth short film based on my 365 Little Stories writing project. Check it out: 100 Words at a Time was the last “official” story of 2016 — so, technically, it’s story #365. It holds a special place in my heart.

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The Joy of Books in Boxes

When I was in middle school, my mother subscribed to a Harlequin Romance book club. Every month, four new mass market titles would arrive in a plain cardboard box. And, even though the books were for my mom, she graciously allowed me to open that box every month. I got to be the first person…

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The Rejection Collection

My most recent short story rejection was a “personal” one. The one before that was a form rejection. As were the three before that. I am making progress on my rejection goal. 100 rejections for 2021. Why aim for so many rejections? Am I a masochist? Do I enjoy making myself feel bad? Do I…

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